Why did Japan attack the U.S.?

Why did Japan attack the U.S.?

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  • Expansion in the Pacific
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  • Restrictions: FDR speaking in-front of congress
  • "An embargo means war, for this will force oil starved Japan to seize the oil fields of the Dutch East Indies" -FDR
  • Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Shere
  • The world is so much better without those irritating Americans /Europeans!
  • In 1939, the US Pacific Fleet was moved from California to Pearl Harbor. This was a very strategic move. Japan, who wanted to expand more into the Pacific, saw this as a direct threat.
  • Resources
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  • In July, 1941, the U.S. placed restrictions on the Japanese. These included an embargo on oil and gasoline exports and Japanese assets being frozen.
  • Element of Surprise
  • Beat you to it!
  • This was the concept of having an Asia free of European/American influence. It was lead by Japan. To fully achieve this, Japan would have to get through the Americans.
  • December 7, 1941
  • As Japan planned on expanding into the Pacific and Asian territories, it realized that it needed to obtain resources. Some of these natural resources include Oil, Minerals, and Steel.
  • As tensions between the Japanese and Americans increased, both countries knew that it was only going to be a matter of time before they were at war with each other. Because of this, Japan decided to attack first.
  • All of these factors would eventually lead to the attack on Pearl Harbor. In total, 2,335 American soldiers were killed and 1,143 were wounded. This attack would lead to the United States' entry to the war.
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